Ruth (Billings) Drum

July 23, 1941 ~ October 22, 2019 (age 78)


Mrs. Ruth Billings Drum of Statesville, went to her eternal home after a very short but courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

She was a life long resident of Iredell County and was born July 23, 1941 to the late Lester Samuel Billings and Lona Hayes Billings. She graduated from Statesville High School in 1959 and married C.F. Drum, Jr. (Jerry) on January 16, 1960.

For several years she worked as a Secretary at the Statesville Police Department and later worked for the Statesville City Schools and the Iredell Statesville Schools as a Secretary before retiring with 30 years of service. She was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday School class where she served as class secretary.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by one sister, Novella B. Miller and one brother, Steven Allen Billings.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Jerry, one son, David Franklin Drum (Hailey), one daughter, Tracy Drum Wilkinson (Scott), both of Statesville; three grandchildren, Conner Drum, Caroline Drum and Mason Wilkinson. She has one brother, Walt Billings (Betty) of Statesville, life long friend, Brenda Price Goodin, along with many nieces and nephews and friends who love her and will miss her cards. She was known for always having the right words to say to cheer someone up!

A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Western Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff Spry and Rev. Dr. Andy Lackey officiating. The family will receive friends following the services at the church. Burial will be held Friday in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Ruth Billings Drum.

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Funeral Service
October 24, 2019

2:00 PM
Western Avenue Baptist Church
1206 Museum Rd
Statesville, NC 28625

October 25, 2019

11:00 AM
Oakwood Cemetery
114 Oakwood Dr.
Statesville, NC 28677


Western Avenue Baptist
1206 Museum Rd, Statesville NC 28625

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